After every election win for the AfD, the question for certain people in Germany is: How safe are we still here?
Only some can afford to analyze cool. For others, it’s burning Photo: dpa
It’s like every time the AfD scores a higher election result. This time Thuringia, this time 23.4 percent. Analysis after analysis follows: What could have led to this? How many men, how many women? How many 20-year-olds, how many 60-year-olds? Which place has the most AfD votes, which has the fewest? Then the reports from there, conversation with: SPD representative, Antifa, AfD voter. Title: What’s going on in – insert city name here – ?
And the big question: Which coalition? What does all this mean for federal politics? Is Thuringia lost? A demo follows: "Thuringia remains colorful!". Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief, they still exist, the good guys.
It should now be clear to everyone that these voters, whether they voted for the AfD despite or because of Hocke, are partly responsible for what will happen in this political climate.
Germany talks about anger, pain and shock. Talk about the middle. Because where the middle is, supposedly nothing can happen to us. But what is missing from the debate: fear. The result in Thuringia, the growing power of the AfD, the people who visibly vote for a fascist – all this makes people in this country afraid. These people are Germans and foreigners, black people and people of color, Jews and Muslims. They are asking themselves once again: How long will I be safe here?
There are two types of politically interested households in Germany: those in which, after such an election result, the possible coalition alliances are discussed in front of the television in the evening. And those who think about whether this is now the result that forces them to move away. To another city, to another state, to another country.
They bear responsibility
It should be clear to everyone that the voters of the AfD (and the NPD), for many people in this country are not an abstract percentage. That the policies of the AfD are not simply an anti-human ideology with which one cannot identify. But that this policy is a concrete threat to the existence of certain people. And not only when an anti-Semite shoots at a synagogue. Not only when black people die in police cells. And not only when women wearing headscarves are beaten up in the street.
Nowadays, many people spend a lot of time sifting through it to see if there aren’t people who don’t mean it that way. Who perhaps unwittingly voted for a right-wing radical, in parts extreme right-wing, a – as Gauland suggested on election night – in the middle fascist party.
It should now be clear to everyone that these voters, whether they voted for the AfD despite or because of Hocke, are partly responsible for what will happen in this political climate. It is easy to pretend that these are all sheep who, driven by the disappointment of "the center," have run to the AfD. Sheep that you could just as easily bring back. And then everything would simply be fine again. That’s not how it is.
Because the sheep are adults who are entitled to vote and who must be aware of their actions and the consequences. They bear the responsibility for their choice. And they should not be released from that responsibility so easily.